Last night we endured a fierce wind and ice storm. As I write, intermittent hail pangs against the windows. The whipping wind continues to be a force, leaving remnants of broken branches strewn across the yard and road. Since school was closed, the kids and I resigned ourselves to staying in our pajamas all day. Truth be told, I enjoy this kind of weather when we are all snug and cozy at home. Cold and dreary days inspire me in the kitchen to make warm aromas that evoke comfort – and I savor when we are able to eat long and slow without the constraints of time bearing down on us. So, today I want to share my cozy winter Chicken in White Wine with Dijon & Capers recipe.
Happy Sunday! As I sit and write this, the aroma of homemade rustic bread is filling my home. Have you ever walked by a bread shop or bakery and inhaled the delicious aroma of warm bread? Yup, that’s happening here right now.
With just four ingredients, you can have this homemade rustic bread (and the aroma!) too. The best part? There’s no kneading! For real. Once you’ve prepared the dough it will just “knead” time to rise (ha! I couldn’t help myself).
How about this for an interesting tidbit, a study has shown that the aroma of bread while it’s baking causes people to be kinder to one another. Google it, it’s true! So let’s spread kindness to the world one freshly baked loaf at a time. Heck, I’ll bake fresh bread just for less bickering between my children.
It’s soup season. When the wind is moaning, when there are daggers of ice in the rain, or when mounds of softly fallen snow have drifted against my door, I seek a warm crackling fire, my hands wrapped around a hot bowl pulled close to my chest and no place where I have to go. Now that the holidays are over and the calm of January is upon us, soup season is officially in full swing.
Have you ever topped your spaghetti with flavorful bits of toasted breadcrumbs? If not, you should. If so, high-five! This is often my go-to meal when I feel as though I only have enough time to boil water – because that’s all the time you’ll need to prepare the rest of this tasty dish!
Brasato al Barolo simply means beef braised in Barolo wine. It’s a classic and elegant dish from the Piedmont region of Italy. Every northern Italian family seems to have their own version of this recipe, but one thing remains the same – a hearty roast is cooked long and slow in a full-bodied red wine until the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender and the wine has reduced to a flavorful and distinct sauce.
Chances are that you will be raising your glass this New Year’s Eve. Whether it’s to bid farewell to the year that was or to toast the possibilities that a new year promises, or maybe it’s a little of both, you might want to consider adding a whimsical and seasonal treat to your celebration, Sugared Cranberries.